Here’s what you need to know about the new camera.
According to the Verge, the Osmo Action matches GoPro’s specs, but offers new features. The camera is waterproof and shockproof and is capable of taking 4k video at a high framerate, which means footage should look smooth.
In the Verge’s photo comparisons, the Osmo Action offers better lighting but crops the image, while the Hero 7 Black features better contrast. It’s also worth noting GoPro’s product includes a wider, almost fisheye-style lens. The effect gives footage a curved effect, but shows captures more in the periphery.
Engadget also reports the camera features two touchscreens — one on the back and another on the front for selfies. USA Today says the Osmo Action offers less image stabilization but allows users to directly shoot slow-motion video. Overall, they note the Osmo will likely be more appealing to vloggers, while GoPro still has the action and sport market cornered.
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- The Osmo Action allows users to swap out lenses, which screw into place. This makes light filters or replacement lenses easy to work with.
- The camera offers similar mounting options to GoPro and works with most accessories and mounts out there.
- The time lapse “Hyperlapse” feature is apparently not as stable as GoPro’s equivalent.
- The camera also allows for simple voice commands to start recording, take photos and to turn the camera off.
- The Osmo Action costs $349 — $50 cheaper than the Hero 7 — and is available now.